Fresh From The Field – The Art of Letters by Kris Sowersby

Be in to win a free copy of The Art of Letters! Simply tell us what custom typeface was used to typeset the book, then email janelle@designassembly.org.nz with the subject […]

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DA Pulse Check #5 – Conversations on Covid-19 and Aotearoa NZ Design

Join us for a candid conversation on how Aotearoa NZ design studios are doing right now, how their business is being affected, and get advice for getting through the lockdown […]

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DA Conversations Podcast with Brian Richards

Kia Ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to Aotearoa NZ designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m DA founder Louise Kellerman and […]

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Auckland: DA Masterclass — Packaging Design with Matt Grantham

5th October
9:30am — 12:30pm
Objectspace
13 Rose Rd, Ponsonby
Auckland

$350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student Friend + GST
(Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here).

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Recommended for Designers, all levels.

If you have had little or no experience in packaging design and need an introduction to the field or would like to strengthen your skills and creative process, this class is for you.

About Matt and his Masterclass:

With over 20+ years of experience in brand and packaging design, Matt has worked on large-scale international brands through to small-scale ‘garage’ projects. Gaining a wide breadth of experience, covering brand and name creation, brand story building, copywriting, packaging, NPD, digital and corporate identity. As Creative Director of Onfire Design in Auckland, Matt currently oversees projects through the studio, taking the lead on project research and design strategy while proactively working with each client to get the most out of their brands — his experience is undoubtedly first-hand.

Through his own journey, Matt will guide you through the importance of developing and communicating a compelling brand story on ‘pack’. Understanding the client / their business, their products and consumers, to be empathic to them as well as the retail environment the product will live in. To dissect what the client wants to achieve while keeping an eye on opportunities they might have overlooked.

Case studies will give you examples of how to tackle a new product with a ‘fuzzy’ brief, and what to do when goalposts move (Matt tell us they always do!). We will finish the session by discussing where the future of packaging is heading to.


Terms and Conditions: If you cancel your ticket more than 8 days ahead of this event, 100% of your ticket will be refunded. Within 7 days of the event, 50% of the ticket price will be refunded or you can transfer your ticket to another Design Assembly workshop within a year.

DA Korero | Spring – Hawke’s Bay

Design Assembly and our regional host Coast & Co are excited to bring to Hawke’s Bay — DA Korero | Spring. Like the autumn event, it is a casual opportunity to get the creative community together and have a chat about all things design.

Join us at The Urban Winery on the 20th of September from 5.30pm for a quiet beverage or two.

This is a free event with a cash bar — please show your support for the venue.

Book your tickets here.

The first 10 people who grab tickets and also have signed up for the DA newsletter will receive a goodie bag on the night!

Design Assembly wouldn’t exist without the support of our amazing DA Partners:
BF Papers  | Portfolio Recruitment  | mychillybin | Adobe

Thanks to The Urban Winery and  Brebner Print for being our venue and refreshment partners

 

7th Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz, Christchurch September 13th, 2018

The DA Annual Pub Quiz is back for its seventh year! Join us for an evening of graphic design, arts and culture trivia — you know you want this year’s bragging rights!

Pit your studio against the rest, or if you’re working independently, gather together a team of your design colleagues. Show your creative peers just how much you know, and enjoy an evening amongst the biggest design nerds in Christchurch.

Prices

— Professional (1 x table booking, seats up to 7 max.) $195+GST
— Design Assembly Friend (1 x table booking, seats up to 7 max.) $175+GST
(Not a DA Friend? Click here for details on how to sign up.)

Includes nibbles on every table to start your night right.

Eventbrite - 7th Annual DA Pub Quiz Auckland

Design Assembly wouldn’t exist without the support of our amazing DA Partners:
BF Papers  | Portfolio Recruitment  | mychillybin 

And with thanks to our event sponsors:

 

Fresh from the Field – Waitemata Honey Face Cream by Onfire Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the brand and packaging for Waitemata Honey Face Cream by Onfire Design. If you have new or recent work that you would like to […]

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7th Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz, Auckland June 28th, 2018

The DA Annual Pub Quiz is back for its seventh year! Join us for an evening of graphic design, arts and culture trivia — you know you want this year’s bragging rights!

Pit your studio against the rest, or if you’re working independently, gather together a team of your design colleagues. Show your creative peers just how much you know, and enjoy an evening amongst the biggest design nerds in Auckland.

Prices

— Professional (1 x table booking, seats up to 7 max.) $210+GST
— Design Assembly Friend (1 x table booking, seats up to 7 max.) $175+GST
(Not a DA Friend? Click here for details on how to sign up.)

Includes nibbles on every table to start your night right.

Eventbrite - 7th Annual DA Pub Quiz Auckland

Design Assembly wouldn’t exist without the support of our amazing DA Partners:
BF Papers  | Portfolio Recruitment  | mychillybin 

And with thanks to these awesome people for supplying prizes!

Wellington and Christchurch to be announced soon!

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Fresh from the Field — Activist Manuka Identity and Packaging by Fred l’Ami

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the identity and packaging design for Activist Manuka by Fred l’Ami. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share […]

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DA Workshop Auckland: Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design — Friday 20th April

After a successful series of workshops last year, Design Assembly welcomes back Johnson McKay, Creative Director at Fly to present his half-day workshop focussing on Māori Graphic Design.

Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design
Friday 20th April 2018
9am—1:30pm
Studio One Toi Tū
1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Auckland

$350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student Friend + GST
(Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here).

Book your tickets here.


Nau mai, haere mai! 

There is a growing demand for authentic products, experiences and connection with people and community. This has created a growing desire to authentically engage with and share Māori culture, narratives and forms of expression. This workshop is designed to help anyone who would like to explore and understand authentic Māori Design, in a supportive and accepting environment.

The workshop explores three key aspects to using Māori design:

Purpose — We review a broad spectrum of historical and contemporary case studies of Māori design to define the purpose of different forms of Māori art forms and how we can apply these to contemporary applications. Of importance is what is traditional vs modern, authentic vs inauthentic Māori design.

Protection — Gain a deeper understanding of key aspects of Tikanga Māori and how they assist at protecting and elevating Māori design in a variety of contexts. Want are appropriate design narratives and how do you add to the body of amazing work being produced without plagiarising or offending.

Partnership — We discuss four different kinds of partnership models and help attendees identify which model is appropriate for their aspirations to incorporate Māori concepts into their brand or product. Several barriers are also reviewed and solutions proposed.


About the facilitator: Johnson McKay (Ngāti Kahungunu, Tainui Waikato, Ngāti Porou), award winning Creative Director at Fly. Johnson’s insights come from various years in creative direction for brands as diverse as Air New Zealand, McDonalds, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and Māori Television.


 

 

 


Terms and Conditions: If you cancel your ticket more than 8 days ahead of the workshop, 100% of your ticket will be refunded. Within 7 days of the workshop, 50% of the ticket price will be refunded or you can transfer your ticket to another Design Assembly workshop within a year.

 

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Hawke’s Bay: DA Korero 2018

Design Assembly and our regional host Coast & Co are excited to bring you our second event for Hawke’s Bay — DA Korero, a chance for creatives in the Bay to catch up and have a casual chat about all things design.

Join us at The Urban Winery on the 22nd of March from 5.30pm for a quiet beverage or two.

Bring your business card along to go in the draw for a pretty impressive prize pack, full details to be announced.

This is a free event with a cash bar — please show you support for the venue.

Book your tickets here.

The first 10 people who grab tickets and also have signed up for the DA newsletter will receive a goodie bag on the night!

Design Assembly wouldn’t exist without the support of our amazing DA Partners:
BF Papers  | Portfolio Recruitment  | mychillybin | Adobe

          

Thanks to The Urban Winery and  Brebner Print for being our venue and refreshment partners

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Auckland: DA Conversations Autumn series — Meet the panel

This years DA Conversations are back to discuss pertinent issues for the New Zealand graphic design community. In 2018 Sean McGarry, Creative Director at Voice will convene the conversation in Auckland between Donna […]

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Being Assertive

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Graphic Design & Photography – Vanessa Lewis

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Dealing with fear and anxiety

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DA Workshop: The Essentials of Typography with Nicole Arnett Phillips, 27 May 2017, Auckland

Join Brisbane-based type designer Nicole Arnett Phillips aka TypographHer, for this full-day, hands-on typography workshop in Auckland: The Essentials of Typography – Everything about type that you didn’t learn at school! Saturday […]

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100 Days Project: 5 minutes with Mahani Del Borrello

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